Author Archives: Cantor Bernard

IT’S TOO HOT! by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Jun 24

I hate summer! More accurately, I hate hot weather. Other than making for a pleasant day at the beach, I don’t see the point. I try to avoid being outside for any purpose other than going from one air conditioned place to another. I’m always searching for a spot to park the car in the […]

Summer Services: Shabbat your way! by Cantor Andrew Bernard

May 06

TRANSITIONS by Cantor Andrew Bernard Late spring is a time when we become acutely aware of transitions. Anyone who works on or whose life is affected by the academic year pointedly experiences the change. Although our Jewish liturgical year is based on the agricultural cycle — and thus we have just passed the beginning of […]

If you wish to be connected, please hang up by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Mar 11

In last week’s e-mail, the feature article was about the National Day of Unplugging that took place last Shabbat. The idea was simply to put away the electronic communications from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. I’m sure many people were horrified. After all, how can anyone in the 21st century possibly survive […]

OPPORTUNITIES by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Jan 22

I am sometimes amazed by the nearly infinite number of ways a person can express his or her Judaism. It’s easy to focus more narrowly on activities directly associated with the synagogue, but the richness of Jewish life really depends upon the infusion of our principles and beliefs in life’s smallest nooks and crannies. Our […]

THE GIFT I GIVE MYSELF WILL BE… by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Dec 23

As Jews, we have the advantage of experiencing many significant annual events twice: once as part of our Jewish year and once as part of the secular year. We have Sukkot and Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah and New Years, Memorial Day and Yom HaZikaron, Tu Bishvat and Arbor Day — to name a few. While the […]


Nov 12

A couple of weeks ago I was in New York for the start of this year’s cantorial certification program where I teach Shabbat music to the first year students. We were so fortunate to have the introductory class on traditional chant presented by Cantor Jack Mendelson, one of the finest cantors on the planet. Both […]

Lines and Circles By Cantor Andrew Bernard

Oct 02

Here we are, in the thick of our holiday cycle. Or perhaps I should say, here we are again, in the thick of our holiday cycle. While the events of our lives usually proceed in a line — sometimes a straight line, sometimes on a winding path bordering on torturously circuitous — the world of […]

TIME TO BREATHE. TIME TO THINK. by Cantor Andrew Bernard

Jul 09

Every week we talk about letting go of our busy weeks and taking a break for Shabbat. Every year we read in the Torah about the sabbatical year, and acknowledge the importance of regular periods of rest and renewal for our own health and the health of our planet. We read studies about unhealthy workaholic […]

Summer Services: A Welcome Change of Pace! by Cantor Andrew Bernard

May 28

Summer Services: A Welcome Change of Pace! With the arrival of Memorial Day, most of us are grateful for the change of pace. School schedules wind down, many people embark on vacation, and there seems to be more time to spend with family and friends. It’s an easier time to let go of stress and […]